U.S. Congressman MIKE POMPEO, Representing the 4th District of Kansas

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Pompeo Responds to Joint Chiefs’ Confirmation that President Can’t Bring GTMO Terrorists to U.S.

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Washington, February 16, 2016 | comments

February 16, 2016
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Pompeo Responds to Joint Chiefs’ Confirmation that President Can’t Bring GTMO Terrorists to U.S. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today made the following statement after receiving a reply from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) to his letter, signed by 15 other members, urging America’s military members to seek legal advice, should President Obama attempt to break the law and transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States:

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the latest high-level member of the Obama administration to affirm that it is illegal for the president to transfer Guantanamo detainees to the United States.  

“In reply to my letter, the JCS confirms that: ‘Current law prohibits the use of funds to “transfer, release, or assist in the transfer or release” of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to or within the United States … The Joint Staff will not take any action contrary to those restrictions.’  I welcome the military’s confirmation that it will continue to follow the law. 

“The JCS joins Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who have all asserted that President Obama is legally prohibited from bringing these terrorists to American soil.

“In an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise, and without regard for America’s national security interests, President Obama is attempting to transfer terrorists held at Guantanamo to sites in the U.S., including Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas and the Naval Brig in South Carolina.  But Congress has repeatedly spoken in a bipartisan fashion: he cannot bring dangerous jihadists, like the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, into our country. 

“Fifteen of my Congressional colleagues, who also served our country in uniform, joined me in writing to the Joint Chiefs, for we understand that President Obama has signed multiple laws that prohibit him from acting in the way he is threatening.  Not even the president can break laws because he finds them inconvenient in achieving a political end.”

The full text of the Joint Chiefs’ letter to Pompeo may be found here.


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